Ellery Sandown final race notes

Super Cheap Auto driver Steve Ellery's gets to go home a happy man after meeting his championship goal of a top ten position and a perfect finishing record in the Shell Championship Series. "The perfect finishing record is something that not...

Super Cheap Auto driver Steve Ellery's gets to go home a happy man after meeting his championship goal of a top ten position and a perfect finishing record in the Shell Championship Series.

"The perfect finishing record is something that not even Skaife can claim. There's only one of two of us who have finished every series race and it's a testament to the team that we've done it," Ellery said.

Ellery was also looking strong for eighth position in the championship after rival Garth Tander retired from the event but his hopes for 8th were dashed in race three after he was given a touch by Brad Jones and later by Paul Morris.

"It looked inviting there for a while for 8th but things didn't quite go our way in the last race. It was some tough racing and while I lost a few spots in the melee I consolidated my position in the championship which was the goal for the weekend," Ellery said.

He pushed on in the final race and scored a solid ninth position in the championship meeting his goal for the year of a top ten finish.

"All credit to Ambrose.  He's been a big threat in the latter part of the
year and he put it all together here this weekend.  I still go away a very
happy man.  We've had a great year and next year promises to be better.

"It's been a huge championship and this weekend just illustrated how hard the racing has become. We are all so close on track and you really have to fight for your piece of track.

Ellery says he will approach the 2002 series the same way and is confident of another successful year against the bigger two car teams.

"It sets the scene for a blinder next year. We made some big moves this season and despite not winning a race this year we have been consistently quicker and always lapping inside the top ten.

"I'm going to welcome the break but equally I will be looking forward to next year."

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